St. Modwen to build 350 all-electric homes
St. Modwen plans to deliver up to 350 new all-electric homes on the historic MG Rover site that was once home to the MINI in Birmingham.
Powered by a dedicated ‘smart grid’, electricity will be supplied and tracked across a network of homes to ensure this first phase of homes will be 100% gas-free – believed to be the first time this approach has been used by a major developer.
The smart grid design is being developed alongside SNRG, specialists in next generation energy infrastructure.
This announcement follows the launch earlier this year of St. Modwen’s first carbon-negative homes. By using the latest construction techniques and renewable technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps, the carbon-negative homes are designed to produce more energy than they consume and could reduce a family’s total energy bills by 76% when compared with a standard new-build house. Aspects of this trial will be deployed in the new all-electric homes and in turn across all new developments by St. Modwen as carbon-reducing technology becomes standard.
Sarwjit Sambhi, CEO of St. Modwen, said: “Every organisation needs to be taking steps to deliver more sustainable products and services, but at St. Modwen we have taken leaps, by introducing carbon-negative homes and smart-grid powered developments. We’re proving that greener homes can be delivered at commercial scale, something which is not just the right thing for the environment but also allows us to meet the demand of our customers.”